The event honors community member Doug Oliphant who died in May

Pictures of Doug Oliphant sat near the clubhouse at Lake Oswego Golf Course during the inaugural Oliphant Tournament.Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course honored one of its most influential and devoted individuals last week with the first annual Doug Oliphant Memorial Golf Tournament.

Oliphant was a pillar in the Lake Oswego community, involved in numerous projects throughout the city. Perhaps most notably, Oliphant was one of the driving forces behind Lake Oswego's famous hanging flower baskets.

Oliphant also had a passion for the city's par-3 golf course and was on its committee since its inception. He helped with the course's marketing and was a factor in it becoming one of the most renowned par-3 facilities in the area.

“Doug had such a profound impact on the community and he loved the golf course,” Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course General Manager Tom Mueller said.

Oliphant was also pretty talented on the course, winning the annual Mayor's Tournament on two occasions.

After battling prostate cancer, Oliphant passed away in May and the course quickly went to work putting together a tournament in his memory.

Fifty-three people turned out on a hot day last weekend and a rock that will feature a plaque in Oliphant's memory was revealed on the first tee. A bagpiper was also on hand to honor his Scottish roots.

In the future, Mueller plans on holding the annual tournament each year in late June.

Dave Chin won the men's tournament with a score of 56 while Barbara Oliphant, Doug's widow, won the women's event with a 62.

Participants on hand also had the opportunity to check out the facility's revamped driving range. The course received a $50,000 boost in its budget this year to fix up the range, which Mueller hopes will be entirely finished by the Mayor's Tournament in September.

“When we did our study, we found that the lack of a proficient range was something that was really holding us back in terms of generating revenue,” Mueller said.

The course will also add a new practice green and chipping area which Mueller hopes will be completed by next spring.

“It's really the first significant upgrade we've been able to do in the last five years,” Mueller said.

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